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A look to the end of session!

By Judy Erickson, government relations director

So far, things at the Legislature have been proceeding the way they normally do. If anything, the process may be a tad ahead of normal. Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his initial budget proposal back in January and then updated it again in mid-March to reflect the February Budget Forecast as is standard procedure. The House and Senate have both released their spending targets for the budget divisions. That feels a little quicker than normal.


Parks and Trails Legacy Fund appropriation decisions to be made soon

By Judy Erickson, government relations director

The new funding provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment has created a host of opportunities for Minnesota's parks and trails. When the Legislature returns from the Easter/Passover break next Tuesday, April 14, it will begin finalizing how this funding will be appropriated. The Parks & Trails Council has been deeply engaged in the legislative process leading up to this point, and we have made it clear that this funding must be invested wisely so that Minnesotans see tangible improvements to our state’s park and trail systems.


Action needed! Contact your House and Senate Members!

By Judy Erickson, government relations director

The next six weeks are going to be difficult and grueling for legislators. In relation to the whole scheme of things at the Legislature, the parks and trails piece is positive. Please be positive in contacting your legislators! Thank you for being a part of the team that strengthens and supports our legislative efforts!


Trail Builder Ann Bancroft

By Brett Feldman

Millions of people across the globe have drawn inspiration from world-renowned educator and polar explorer Ann Bancroft. The Minnesota native's accomplishments shatter stereotypes of age, gender and size. In fact, at 53 years old and just under 5'4" tall, Bancroft has proven that the most certain path to success is the one that comes from an inner desire to follow the heart.


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